Disney at San Diego Comic-Con, Day Two: Disney Animation Panel

The Disney Animation Panel at San Diego Comic-ConAlso led by Patton Oswalt, the Disney Animation Panel brought together several of the directors from Walt Disney Animation, Disney/Pixar and even Japan’s legendary animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.

A lot of the focus of the panel appears to have been on Ponyo and the upcoming Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D double-feature and – of course – Toy Story 3.

Attendees were shown clips from Toy Story 2 in 3D as well as a preview of Prep & Landing, the first television special produced for ABC by Walt Disney Animation Studios, coming later this year.

John Lasseter and Disney/Pixar's director of Toy Story 3 Lee UnkrichSome of the big news for Toy Story 3 was that Barbie, having a larger role in the film, will be accompanied by estranged partner Ken who will be voiced by Michael Keaton.

While it had already been announced that Beauty and the Beast would be re-released in 3D format for Valentine’s Day, 2010, attendees were treated to a scene from the film.

John Musker and Ron Clements, co-directors of The Princess and the Frog were on hand to introduce a scene from their upcoming film. To coincide with this, Disney has also released this special footage showing some pencil-test animation from the film:

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John Lasseter introduces Hayao Miyazaki, director of PonyoAnd for the grand finale, John Lasseter introduced Hayao Miyazaki to the crowd to talk about the upcoming United States release of his own spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, Ponyo.

The Disney Animation Panel (L-R):Ron Clements, John Musker, Hayao Miyazaki, John Lasseter, Kirk Wise Lee Unkrich
The panel (L-R): Ron Clements and John Musker (the Princess and the Frog), Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo), John Lasseter, Kirk Wise (Beauty and the Beast), Lee Unkrich (Toy Stoy 3)

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